By Paul Hoynes, cleveland.com | Posted September 29, 2018 at 08:00 PM | Updated September 29, 2018 at 10:01 PM
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Leonys Martin (left) and Brandon Guyer. (Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer)
Leonys Martin will report to spring training next year with the Tribe
Hey, Hoynsie: What is the latest medical update on Indians outfielder Leonys Martin? The team is still wearing his number and initials on their caps. I hope that’s not because he’s in bad shape. — Walt Svirsky, West Linn, Ore.
Hey, Walt: I checked with Chris Antonetti, Indians president of baseball operations, and he said Martin is doing well, while resting at his Florida home. He is expected to be ready for spring training next year.
The Indians acquired Martin from Detroit just before the July 31st non-waiver deadline. Shortly after that he became seriously ill with a bacterial infection that attacked his organs.
Martin recovered from the life-threatening illness, but doctors advised the Indians he should not return to the field this year.
Terry Francona gets doused. (Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer)
What makes the postseason so unpreditable?
Hey, Hoynsie: Why are the things so different in the playoffs? Ted Williams played in just one World Series and hit .200 (5-for-25). Hitters who usually can hit can’t see the ball. Pitchers seem to get better calls from umpires. What strange thing is going to happen this year to the Indians? — Stephen Frost, Petersburg, Va.
Hey, Stephen: As manager Terry Francona is fond of saying, I don’t have a crystal ball. The Indians have drawn just about the toughest opponent they could in the first round — the defending World Series champion Houston Astros.
The heat is cranked up in the postseason. Teams are going to pitch their best pitchers as much as possible. Hitters aren’t going to see much of the fourth and fifth starters or middle relievers. I think teams pay attention to the opposing team’s top hitters so much that the guys who have produced all season can struggle or not get pitched to at all in the postseason.
It means a hero can emerge from anywhere in the lineup. Or sometimes a player is so talented that he can’t be stopped on the game’s biggest stage no matter what preparations the opposition has made to stop him.
There is not better time of year if you’re a baseball fan.
Mike Clevinger (left), Jason Kipnis and Carlos Carrasco. (Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer)